LONDON, (Reuters) – Future pandemics may prove even more deadly than COVID-19. Therefore, the lesson learned must not be wasted and the world must ensure that it’s prepared for any future outbreaks. This was the opinion of one of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine creators.
According to Johns Hopkins University the novel coronavirus killed 5.26 millions people around the globe. It wiped out billions in economic output, and turned lives upside-down for billions.
The truth is that the next could prove to be even worse. The virus could prove to be even more dangerous, more fatal, or worse, Sarah Gilbert, BBC’s Richard Dimbleby Lecturer, said. This will not be the second time that a virus could threaten our lives or livelihoods.
Gilbert is an Oxford professor of vaccinology and said that the world must be more prepared for the next outbreak.
She stated, “The advancements we’ve made and the knowledge that we have acquired must not be lost.”
Health experts claim that the efforts to stop the COVID-19 outbreak have been inefficient and inconsistent. This is due to limited vaccine access in low-income countries and boosters for the wealthy and healthy in high-income countries.
The World Health Organisation has established a panel of experts to examine the management of SARS-CoV-2. They have called for more permanent funding as well as greater capacity to study pandemics via a new treaty.
One suggestion was to provide new funding of minimum $10 billion per year for pandemic preparation.
Late 2019 was the first time that COVID-19 was found in China. The virus was quickly eradicated by vaccines.
Gilbert claimed that Omicron’s variant of Omicron had a spike protein with mutations that increase transmissibility.
Gilbert explained that “there are further changes that could mean antibodies induced or infection by other variants may be less effective at stopping infection with Omicron.”
We should remain cautious until we have more information and do our best to stop the spread of this variant.
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